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Grand Circle of the American West

Price per person
from £2,298

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Mother Nature has loaded the West with stunning scenery, and on this National Parks tour, you’ll witness some of nature’s finest. From red-rock formations and breathtaking canyons to free-flowing rivers and alpine landscapes, you’ll marvel at magnificent scenery throughout this tour.

This National Parks tour features Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths and canyons; Arches National Park, with its 2,000 preserved sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park, with its canyons, mesas, and buttes; Dead Horse Point State Park, where massive vertical cliffs intersect with canyons carved by ice and water; Capitol Reef National Park, with one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with its spectacular cliffs and terraces; Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations; Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations; breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park; Monument Valley, where you’ll see the massive formations on a 4-wheel-drive tour; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, with its spectacular narrow opening and sheer walls.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll see the cliff dwellings that Ancestral Puebloans called home from 600 to 1300 AD. Just imagine what life was like living there! Other tour highlights include a scenic ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan National Forest and a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where you can trace the footsteps of some of our nation's most respected leaders. These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded, picturesque holiday!

At a glance

  • Glenwood Canyon Journey through its rugged gorges high above the Colorado River.
  • Dead Horse Point Stand at its dramatic overlooks and discover the legend behind the name.
  • Arches National Park Home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches.
  • Four Corners Monument Stand in four states at once!
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad Take a panoramic train ride through the San Juan National Forest.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

We found the alternative trips were not up to the...

20th June 2018
Trusted Customer

We found the alternative trips were not up to the same level of the original tour.

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21st October 2017
Mrs Catherine Rankin

Well organised, tiring at times...

12th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Well organised, tiring at times

Overview

Mother Nature has loaded the West with stunning scenery, and on this National Parks tour, you’ll witness some of nature’s finest. From red-rock formations and breathtaking canyons to free-flowing rivers and alpine landscapes, you’ll marvel at magnificent scenery throughout this tour.

This National Parks tour features Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths and canyons; Arches National Park, with its 2,000 preserved sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park, with its canyons, mesas, and buttes; Dead Horse Point State Park, where massive vertical cliffs intersect with canyons carved by ice and water; Capitol Reef National Park, with one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with its spectacular cliffs and terraces; Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations; Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations; breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park; Monument Valley, where you’ll see the massive formations on a 4-wheel-drive tour; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, with its spectacular narrow opening and sheer walls.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll see the cliff dwellings that Ancestral Puebloans called home from 600 to 1300 AD. Just imagine what life was like living there! Other tour highlights include a scenic ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan National Forest and a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where you can trace the footsteps of some of our nation's most respected leaders. These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded, picturesque holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts

UK - Denver

Day
1

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Welcome to Denver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Denver - Vail - Glenwood Canyon - Grand Junction

Day
2

Travel west into the Rockies and stop in Vail, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Continue through the massive 1,800-foot-high walls of Glenwood Canyon before reaching the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red-rock landscape of Grand Junction.

Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument - Archers National park - Moab

Day
3

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT with its canyons that drop as much as 500 feet deep. On to ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, with more than 2,000 preserved natural sandstone arches. Overnight in Moab.

Moab

Day
4

Excursion to Canyonlands National park and Dead Horse Point State Park. The day begins with magnificent CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers. The remote Maze, the rugged Needles, and our destination today, the “Island in the Sky.” Continue on to DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, where your Tour Director tells you the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. The Mesa provides breathtaking views of southeastern Utah’s canyon country and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. The afternoon is free for independent activities.

Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Escalante National Monument - Bryce Canyon National Park

Day
5

Today’s route past Capitol Reef National Park and Escalante is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, scenic drives in the USA. The majesty of Capitol Reef will intrigue you with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths, and spires of sandstone. Next, travel along Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations resembling castle towers and cathedral spires. The natural amphitheatres and canyons glow with different lights throughout the day.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page

Day
6

Today, descend into half-mile-deep ZION NATIONAL PARK. “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. Enjoy the colourful sandstone walls that rise thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Later travel to the shores of Lake Powell, and join the optional cruise on the waters of America’s second-largest man-made reservoir. Overnight in the northern Arizona town of Page, located on the southern shores of magnificent Lake Powell.

Page - Williams

Day
7

Visit NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT, located within the Navajo Nation, and established to preserve three prehistoric cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan People. After lunch, SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Afterward our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one of the best-preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williams

Day
8

Excursion into Grand National Park. Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendour of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter sightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williams - Monument Valley - Kayenta

Day
9

To experience the American West immortalised on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/ Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR. Then, on to Kayenta, or join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by red-rock canyons.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kayenta - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango

Day
10

First stop this morning is MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend time at the park’s museum and visitor centre, depicting the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Afterward, head to Durango in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Tonight, maybe explore the historic downtown.

Durango

Day
11

Excursion on the Durango and Silverton Narrow- Gauge Railroad. Board the DURANGO AND SILVERTON NARROWGAUGE RAILROAD this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Experience the adventure of travelling by a coalfired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years, and the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, “We have no gold, but silver by the ton!”

Durango - Ouray - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - Gunnison

Day
12

Travel north through the San Juan Mountains, stopping in Ouray, a small community nestled in some of the Rockies’ most rugged and towering peaks. This afternoon, visit one of America’s newest national parks: BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK. The unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths that you will see here.

Gunnison - Buena Vista - Colorado Springs

Day
13

Our journey continues through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture-perfect town that has retained a Wild West charm and is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Continue to Colorado Springs, where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the GARDEN OF THE GODS, a city park that is a garden of towering redrock formations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Colorado Springs - Seven Falls - US Olympic Training Center - U.S Air Force Academy - Denver

Day
14

Visit SEVEN FALLS and discover why it has earned a spot on National Geographic’s list of International Waterfalls. At the OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER enjoy a guided tour of the flagship training facility where the USA Swimming and Shooting teams have their national headquarters on complex. Conclude your holiday with a visit to the U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY and trace the footsteps of some of the nation’s most revered leaders. Return to Denver in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Denver

Day
15

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Denver further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

Things to note

Colorado, Utah and Arizona are blessed with exquisite mountain scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather and/or road conditions

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Denver - Holiday Inn Denver

This hotel overlooks the amazing Rocky Mountains which you can see from your hotel room. This hotel offers a relaxing break as it offers Free WIFI and a relaxing high pressure shower which you can enjoy at the end of your busy day.

  • Location

    455 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool

Grand Junction - Grand Vista Hotel

Step into a modern hotel and experience the service of the Grand Vista hotel. This hotel is full of style of class. This modern hotel offers Free WIFI around the hotel. When looking outside your window you will see amazing views that are far away.

  • Location

    2790 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Moab - Big Horn Lodge

Big Horn Lodge invite you to relax in the onsite hot tubs and outdoor swimming pool. Each rooms is decorated with log deco and furnishings and rustic interior.

  • Location

    550 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • WiFi available
    • Outdoor heated pool
    • Hot tub

Bryce Canyon National Park – Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, this new hotel offers a variety of guest rooms, the finest amenities, and a complimentary hot breakfast. Each room has been designed with the necessary features that will keep you comfortable and relaxed. The Bryce Canyon Grand also offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. Enjoy Bryce Canyon's newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality.

  • Location

    30 N 100 E, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764, United States

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

Page - Quality Inn at Lake Powell

Overlooking Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell allows some rooms to have a stunning view. This is a very spacious hotel complete with cable TVs, ensuite bathrooms along with free toiletries. Relax in the outdoor pool will with a great view.

  • Location

    287 N Lake Powell Blvd, Page, AZ 86040, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • WiFi available
    • Room service available
    • Outdoor pool
    • Fitness Centre

Williams - La Quinta Inn & Suites

Relax in the hot tubs and heated pool of this modern hotel, enjoy the 40" flat screen tv in every room with its premium channels. The rooms also have ensuite bathrooms that are complete with bathrobes and a variety of free toiletries.

  • Location

    1100 West Cataract Lake Rd, Williams, AZ 86046, United States

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • WiFi available
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness Centre

Kayenta - Kayenta Monument Valley Inn

These bright and welcoming rooms makes the hotel more modern. Each hotel rooms has long and wide windows that let in the light to the room. This hotel also offers free wifi to all the guests to help relax

  • Location

    US-160 & US 163, Kayenta, AZ 86033, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Durango - Downtown Inn

The river side hotel is situated right in the heart of Durango. this hotel offers homely decor making the hotel welcoming when you walk in. You won't even have to leave your hotel room as this hotel offers Room Service to all their guests.

  • Location

    800 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Gunnison - Comfort Inn Gunnison

All of these deluxe rooms offer you a unique experience. This hotel offers Free Wifi in the whole hotel. This hotel wants you to relax this is why they have an indoor pool so you can enjoy your days relaxing.

  • Location

    911 N Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre

Colorado Springs - The Academy Hotel

This hotel is located next to United States Air Force Academy. Where young people train to become part of the American Air force. This hotel offers you a chance to relax as it offers a flat screen TV and Free Wi-Fi

  • Location

    8110 Academy Blvd N, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Set in a complex of modern buildings on The Strip, this chic casino resort is 4 miles from McCarran International Airport, a mile from the Las Vegas Convention Centre and 3 miles from the Fremont Street Experience mall. Stylish rooms designed by Philippe Starck offer sitting areas.

  • Location

    2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Room Service
    • Restaurant

Seattle - Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center

Each room is equipped with a HDTV television and wireless internet. Enjoy the view from your room which could be of the Soaring Needle or of the interact Seattle skyline.

  • Location

    618 John St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

  • Facilities

    • WiFi available
    • Room service available
    • Fitness Centre

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